Kentucky Basketball: Aligning the Stars in Lexington

Kentucky Basketball, since Calipari’s arrival, has given some optimism to a city that has been on the rise in unemployment since November of 2007. Ironically, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Lexington has risen every Quarter since the 3rd Quarter of 2009, when Calipari began his first season with Kentucky.

For the third consecutive year John Calipari is bringing the number 1 rated recruiting class into Lexington. Despite the ongoing list of NBA studs Calipari has produced, this one may be one of his best recruiting classes in his 20 years as a Head Coach on the College level. Going into his third season at Kentucky, and already three top rated recruiting classes, Coach Calipari has successfully restored the culture of Kentucky Basketball.

Rupp Arena may not be the best place to vacation, but it is no stranger to celebrity appearances. Celebrity figures Jay-Z, Drake, LeBron James, and a number of former UK players have made appearances at Kentucky Basketball games.

Jay-Z congratulates UK on their trip to the Final 4

Drake, Tayshaun Prince, and Coach Cal at UKs Midnight Madness

Kentucky signed 3 of this years top 6 rated players , and the fourth and final signee is ranked 24th, according to rivals.com, highlighting the best Recruiting class since Ohio State’s 2006 class which included Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Daquan Cook, David Lighty, and John Deibler. (See Highlights Below)

I personally don’t know what Calipari said to the recruits, but I imagine he didn’t have to say much. Have you ever seen a commercial for a Maybach? Have you ever seen Ferrari advertisements? Neither have I, because they don’t need to advertise. The product speaks for itself. Kentucky is to college basketball what a Maybach is to cars, the top of the line. The facilities, the coaching staff, the players, the spotlight, and the winning pedigree combine to make one of the best basketball programs in the country.

“The Practice facility and offices at Kentucky are amazing. I cannot believe what they have available there.”

                                                                                                                 -Dick Vitale, ESPN

Kentucky’s Joe Craft Center is widely known as the best training facility in college basketball.

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